This past week I set about to do just that. After scrolling though Etsy, googling vintage aprons, and looking at the design of aprons I already had, I came up with a design and pattern. One of my closest and oldest friends, Caitlin, came over to help me trouble shoot and make scones. Between the two of us the apron was a success. Here is the scones recipe if anyone is interested! Fast, easy, and delicious. We substituted chocolate chips for currents by the way, because well, chocolate makes everything better!
|How good do these look? :)|
After an entire day of crafting, my finished apron looks exactly like I planed it, and is a full apron with a sweetheart neckline, a pleated skirt, and heart shaped pockets. It is also reversible. Let me know what you guys think!
What I'm wearing: Vintage Style Sweetheart Apron: DIY, Teal Lace Dress: Target, Brown Wedges: Banana Republic, Earrings: H&M, Lip Color: Revlon-Matte Wine Not lipstick and Pinup Girl Lip gloss from theBalm.
Like mentioned in the title, this apron was DIY and I created a pattern for you all below. I hope it all makes sense!
Besos y Abrazos,
Vintage Style Sweetheart Apron
This vintage style apron is inspired by 50's style aprons, and based on measurements for an apron I previously owned as well as my own measurements.
- Height: 5'2"
- Bust: 38"
- Waist: 28"
- Hip: 38"
The bodice of this apron begins at my waist, and hits right below the knee. The skirt covers me from the front but doesn't wrap around to cover the back. After taking your own measurements, I would adjust the pattern slightly to fit your body type.
- Fabric- 2 separate styles- One patterned (1 Yd.) and one solid preferably in a contrasting or complementary color (1 1/2 yds.)
- Thread to match both fabrics
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Pins, scissors, measuring tape, seam ripper
- Newspaper or butcher paper
- Buttons (optional)
- Coffee, scones, your best friend, and a full day of time to craft :)
A: Cut two pieces of each material on folded edge. After cutting each piece will open out into a heart shaped neckline bodice piece.*
B: Cut nine pieces total. First cut six pieces of solid colored fabric, then fold the pattern piece down from the top 3", and cut three pieces from patterned fabric.*
C: Cut one piece of each fabric.
D: Cut four pieces total from solid colored fabric. First cut 2 pieces: 3"x 26", then fold pattern piece 3" and cut 2 pieces: 3"x 23". Shorter pieces will be neck ties, and longer will be back ties.
E: Cut 4 pieces total, two of each fabric. Cut with edge on fold, pieces will open out to be heart shaped.
*Use round edged plate of bowl as a guide for round edges.
1) Prep material- wash and dry
2) Cut out pattern pieces from newspaper (5 pieces)
3) Once pattern pieces are cut out you will need to cut out pieces from the material itself. Once you have the pieces cut, your iron and sewing machine set up, you are ready to start sewing!
Part One- Straps
1) Fold and press all ties in half and pin.
2) Sew along pinned edge 1/4" from edge of material using machine foot as a guide. Sew top and side, leaving bottom edge open in order to turn straps inside out.
3) Once all straps have been sewn, turn and press flat. Put back ties (longer) aside, and keep neck ties ready to use next.
Part Two- Bodice
1) Pin bodice prices with right sides together.
2) Insert straps into inside of the pinned bodice with rough unstitched edges of straps matching up with the top of each heart shaped top. Straps will stick out of the bottom of the bodice between layers.
3) Sew along top and sides of the bodice leaving bottom open.
4) Cut/trim fabric just slightly without cutting stitching along curves and points on the top of the bodice so that it doesn't bunch in these areas.
5) Flip inside out and press. At this stage it should look like a full apron bodice with neck ties connected inside coming out of the top.
Part Three- Skirt Pieces
Patterned Skirt Front
1) Take all pieces of the patterned material cut with skirt pattern piece B. Pin the first two with right sides together along the longest edge.
2) Then take the third piece and pin the longest edge right sides together with one of the pieces that have been pinned. It will open out into a panel of three pieces when you are finished pinning.
3) Sew along pinned seams 1/4" from edge and press seam open.
4) With iron fold along sides and bottom of 3 tier panel 1/2" from the edge and then fold 1/4" into that and slip up and pin creating a pressed hem.
5) Sew along edge of hem.
Solid Bottom Skirt Front
1) Create two more 3-tiered panels with the six remaining pattern pieces. Follow the exact steps from part 1, DO NOT HEM.
1) Pin both sets of hearts, right sides, together, solids together and patterns together
2) Sew 1/4" from edge leaving opening to turn.
3) Clip slightly around the edge of the curved and "V" edge. Then turn inside out and press edges to flatten it out.
4) Decorative buttons can be added at this point.
Add Pockets to Skirt Fronts
1) Line up contrasting pockets with skirt fronts. Match seam of skirt fronts to middle points of heart pockets.
2) Pin pocket to skirt front making sure the raw unstiched edge used to turn is tucked inside and can be sewn closed when pocket is attached.
3) Sew pockets to skirt fronts with matching thread if you are not confident in your stitching, or contrasting thread for detail.
Completing Bottom Skirt
1) Once pockets are attached, take both skirt pieces of solid colored fabric and pin together with front sides together (pocket inside).
2) Sew bottom (scalloped edge) and sides together 1/4" from the edge.
3) Trim and edge/cut along scallops as we did in pockets and bodice. Turn inside out and press.
At this time, you should have a complete bodice, 2 back ties, and 2 complete skirt pieces with pockets attached.
Pleat Skirt Pieces
1) In each section of the skirt pieces (3 sections) create a 2" box pleat in the center of each section. Then create two 1" knife pleats facing inwards on the seams of the skirt pieces (2). Pin and press pleats about 3" down the skirt front. Make sure to create pleats on front side of both shirt pieces.
2) Stick over pleats for each separate skirt piece along the top about 1/4" from edge. Remove pins.
Part Four- Attach Waistband and Complete Apron
1) Take waistband pieces, pin them with WRONG sides together on one of the long sides only. Sew.
*This next part is tricky so pay attention to which side of the material is being sewn where.
2) Place skirt sides together with presewn edge of waistband between them, and 1/2" or so of waistband left on each side of skirt edge. The layers of fabric should be alternating patterned and solid with skirt sandwiching waistband.
3) Stitch 1/4" from stitch that is holding pleats in place. Then zigzag rough edge to keep it from fraying.
4) Turn inside out with waistband sticking out between both sides of now complete skirt--press seams so they lay flat.
5) Fold edges of waistband in half, doubling it in thickness and creating a finished top edge for your waistband.
6) Turn in the edge of the waistband sides in so they match the sides of the skirt and press.
7) Place the back straps inside to the waistband at the edges and pin. Then along the top of the waistband center the bodice piece inside, and pin it together.
8) Once every piece is in place and centered make sure it looks like you want the final apron to look on both sides because this is the final step.
9) If you have the full apron pinned as you like it, stitch along the edge with matching or contrasting thread 1/4" from the top of the waist band.
10) Press one final time and snip any loose threads. Your apron is finished! Congratulations!